We know the PS5 and Xbox Series X are arriving this holiday season, but it’s not impolite to ask how long they’ll actually stick around for, before getting replaced by the next “latest and greatest” machine.
Xbox chief Phil Spencer himself isn’t making any promises. But speaking to the AIAS Game Maker’s Notebook podcast, he doesn’t think that cloud gaming will kill the console, saying “I think I’m going to have a game console plugged into my television for the next decade-plus.”
More good news for gamers came in the form of increased backwards compatibility for the PS5 and Xbox Series X means these consoles will have deeper catalogues of games — so their long-term viability increases. That’s especially true as Microsoft revealed Smart Delivery, which lets you buy an Xbox game once, and get its enhanced version on subsequent consoles at no extra cost, since these consoles are becoming more and more like PCs.
To get a sense of how long the PS5 and Xbox Series X will last, we’ve flipped through the annals of gaming history, looking at the history of Sony and PlayStation’s hardware releases. The good news — for customers trying to save money, at least — is that the lifespan of a console has grown with each generation (with two notable exceptions).
Just to keep things consistent, we’re looking at each console’s earliest release date, which often took place in Japan. Here’s how long every PlayStation and Xbox generation has lasted, and what it tells us about the future of the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Released – replaced: December 3, 1994 – March 4, 2000
Lifetime: 5 years, 3 months, 1 day
Units sold: more than 102 million
The first of its name, and the first console to move over 100 million units, the original Sony PlayStation delivered solid gameplay and allowed a number of franchises to flourish. Shortly after, the PS2 came out, Sony released a smaller, whiter model, dubbed the PS one.
The PlayStation started at $299 in the U.S., and Sony earned applause for being comparatively affordable when compared to the $399 Sega Saturn. It would later get marked down to $199. Over time, Sony changed the ports on the back of the PlayStation, first gutting the RCA ports and then removing the wide (and old-looking) Parallel I/O port.
Sony PlayStation 2
Released – replaced: March 4, 2000 – November 11, 2006
Lifetime: 6 years, 8 months, 7 days
Units sold: Approx. 155 million
Introduced less than 6 years into the life of the OG PlayStation, the PS2 debuted in September 1999 at the Tokyo Game show. In the years leading to its release, word leaked that Sony was going to deliver backward compatibility with PS1 games and controllers.
Sony made the PS2 more appealing by adding a DVD player, as well as including internet connectivity (though browsing a web page in its browser was flawed at best). It was the first PlayStation to offer online gaming. The more-svelte PlayStation 2 Slim debuted two-thirds into the console’s life, in 2004.
Sony PlayStation 3
Released – replaced: November 11, 2006 – November 15, 2013
Lifetime: 7 years, 4 days excluding the end date
Units sold: More than 87 million
Sony released the PS3 three times, slimming down the shape of the machine with each update. Its inaugural release, in 2006, followed a wait of about a year and a half from E3 2005, where it was first announced. Sony gets retroactive points for correctly choosing the right media format, as the PlayStation 3 got support for Blu-ray discs (which are still sold today), while the Xbox 360 got HD-DVD (which failed, and fast).
The PS3’s 7-year life cycle was merely 4 months ahead of the PS2’s 6-year, 8-month window and suffered a bit as developers saw it as hard to develop and program for. Its unique cell processor may have been mighty, but it led to backward-compatibility issues for PS4 owners. When Sony announced that the PS5 would support PS4 games, PS3 owners breathed a sigh of relief.
Sony PlayStation 4
Released – replaced: November 15, 2013 – Holiday 2020
Lifetime: Approximately 7 years
Units sold: More than 106 million
Estimating the PS5’s release as “holiday season 2020,” and looking at how often “holiday season” translates to November, it’s safe to see that the PS4’s successor will bow out about 7 years after Sony released the winner of this current generation of the console wars.
The PS4 dominated the last 7 years because Sony smartly ditched the Cell microarchitecture and focused on delivering quality exclusive games, with highlights including Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, God of War, Gran Turismo Sport and Marvel’s Spider-Man. The PlayStation 4 would get two siblings, the smaller PlayStation 4 Slim and the 4K UHD-supporting PlayStation Pro.
Released – replaced: November 15, 2001 – November 22, 2005
Lifetime: 4 years, 7 days excluding the end date.
Units sold: More than 24 million
A giant X with a green dot in the middle, the original Xbox was Microsoft’s big brash jump into the world of gaming hardware. And it didn’t just stick a toe into gaming culture. Microsoft’s official Xbox unveiling was done by no lesser pop culture icons than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bill Gates.
Selling 1.5 million units in its first month and a half, the Xbox thrived off of the must-play title of its launch year: Halo: Combat Evolved. In its second year, Microsoft added Xbox Live, an online gaming platform that made the Xbox the console to get to play against your friends who lived out of town.
Microsoft Xbox 360
Released – replaced: November 22, 2005 – November 22, 2013
Lifetime: 8 years excluding the end date.
Units sold: Approx. 80 million
Reportedly in development since about half-way into the Xbox’s life, the Xbox 360 looks like both a hit and a miss in hindsight. While PS3 had its exclusives, Microsoft was not without wins, including Gears of War, and its Xbox Live success.
While it sold 80 million units worldwide, it arguably could have sold many more — and outpaced the 87 million mark posted by the PS3. Standing in the way of said financial success was the 360’s Red Ring of Death failure issue, that basically rendered the console unusable.
Microsoft Xbox One
Released – replaced: November 22, 2013 – Holiday 2020
Lifetime: Approx. 7 years
Units sold: not reported
While the Xbox One will last as long as Sony’s PS4, it’s inarguably the loser of this generation. Sony’s PS4 sales eclipsed 106 million units, while Microsoft simply stopped reporting that detail. Multiple additional releases, the digital-only Xbox One S and the 4K Xbox One X, didn’t help things.
As to why it lost? Well, much like how Arby’s has the meats, Sony had the games. Despite strong exclusives like Forza Horizon4 and Gears of War 5, the Xbox One didn’t quite have anything on the level of God of War or Spider-Man. Microsoft’s response? Buying up all the studios it can (including recent acquisitions Double Fine and Ninja Theory), to hopefully gain exclusives that will help the Xbox Series X thrive.
So how long will the PS5 and Xbox Series X last?
Based on the above math, I expect the PS5 and Xbox Series X to last through 2027 or maybe 2028. As we move to streaming-only gaming, with offerings like Google Stadia (which already feels dead) and Project xCloud, the console still has firm footing, and it appears as if each of these machines is made to go the distance as much as they’re meant to make an immediate impact.
China's Restrictions Delay iPhone 14 Development | by slashdotted | May, 2022 – DataDrivenInvestor
According to a source, iPhone 14 development is behind schedule owing to Chinese lockdowns
At least one iPhone 14 model is three weeks late
According to a fresh rumor today, the development of at least one iPhone 14 model is three weeks behind schedule owing to Chinese lockdowns, which might damage initial production levels in the worst-case scenario.
According to reports, Apple has instructed suppliers to accelerate product development efforts in order to make up for a lost time before the delay impacts the regular manufacturing schedule, which might impair the initial production numbers of the iPhone 14 series.
By the end of June, all new iPhone models should have completed the EVT and moved on to the verification step.
As speculation grows regarding the characteristics of the next iPhone 14 models, such as an always-on display, a fresh source claims that the development of the line has been slowed by China’s coronavirus regulations.
All iPhone 14 versions are presently undergoing engineering verification testing (EVT), which involves Apple working with suppliers to optimize production processes and calculate manufacturing costs.
The unexpected lockdown shutdown of major Apple suppliers in Shanghai, as well as the effect on regional transportation, have caused the delay.
Apple is apparently working with its suppliers to expedite the process and get back on track.
The story seems to imply that, unlike the iPhone 12, the iPhone 14 will not be delayed and would instead come in the same September launch window as its current best iPhone, the iPhone 13.
Is the iPhone 14 going to be delayed?
According to this claim, it is doubtful that the iPhone 14 would be delayed.
The story does, however, raise the likelihood that one of the iPhone 14 versions may be substantially more difficult to get when it is introduced later this year.
The delay is claimed to be due to the internal development of the iPhone 14 series production process
. According to Nikkei, suppliers must adopt new manufacturing processes and adjust current production lines as part of a process known as New Product Introduction (NPI).
Last month, supposed real-world iPhone 14 display panels leaked online, revealing the suspected pill-shape and circular display cuts that would replace the conventional notch on this year’s new iPhone models to house the front-facing camera and Face ID technology.
In March, claimed iPhone 14 Pro 3D CAD renderings leaked, revealing the device’s reported redesigned pill-shape and circular display cutouts, which are likely to contain the iPhone’s Face ID components and front-facing camera module, eliminating the rectangular notch from the device’s display.
China’s restrictions stymie iPhone 14 development — Mobile World Live
According to the news agency, Apple’s iPhone 14 is being created by contract manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron, with full production expected to begin in late August.
Nikkei Asia reported that engineering verification tests must be finished by the end of June in order to fulfill the manufacturing timetable and that one of the four iPhone 14 variants is three weeks behind schedule.
Due to the limitations, Pegatron paused manufacturing in its Shanghai and Kunshan plants earlier this year, while Foxconn halted operations at its Shenzhen factory.
Apple officials warned last month that supply concerns in China might affect sales by much to $8 billion in the current fiscal quarter.
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Luxury carmaker Maserati introduces convertible sportscar MC20 Cielo – Economic Times
MODENA: Maserati‘s turnaround plan aims to liberate the Stellantis luxury brand from being a “slave to volumes” which has weighed on quality, its CEO Davide Grasso said on Wednesday, unveiling a convertible version of its MC20 sportscar.
Maserati, which returned to operating profit last year, delivered 24,200 cars in 2021 – 7,300 units more than in 2020. That still leaves it far from 2017’s peak, when it sold 51,500 cars.
“That was a success in terms of numbers, not necessarily for customers,” Grasso said, adding defect rates at Maserati were at that time higher than the average in luxury and premium markets.
“You enter a vicious circle of unsold cars and bigger and bigger discounts,” he said. “We were not good enough with quality, new powertrains, infotainment”.
Grasso said Maserati’s performance would keep improving this year and in 2023 in terms of market share, products, revenues and margins.
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The brand has recently unveiled its new Grecale SUV, which will be available in a full-electric (BEV) version in 2023. Next year Maserati will also introduce new versions of its Gran Turismo and Gran Cabrio models, and plans to make all its range electrified by 2025.
Chief Commercial Officer Bernard Loire said sales could potentially top 30,000 units this year though it was not a target.
“It’s a projection based on our current performance,” he said.
Loire said China, Maserati’s second largest market after the United States, was being hit by an ongoing lockdown, but feedback from initial orders for Grecale were very positive.
“We see a much better second half,” he added.
He said Grecale would allow Maserati to compete in a segment, worth around 40% of the luxury market, where the brand has not been present so far.
With deliveries expected to start in the first quarter of 2023, the new retractable hardtop MC20 Cielo – ‘Sky’ in Italian – will contribute to Maserati’s sales only in 2023.
Fitted with a six-cylinder, three litre, 630 horsepower engine, for a top speed of over 320 km per hour, it will cost 260,000 euros ($277,000), 30,000 euros more than its coupe sister MC20. That’s higher than entry level models of Ferrari and Aston Martin.
Combined capacity for MC20 and MC20 Cielo, both produced in Modena, northern Italy, amount to about 1,400 units a year, with flexibility to adapt output between the two models.
Their BEV versions are expected by 2025.
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